The Tampa Bay Rays agreed to a one-year $14 million deal with David Price. Price was the big question this offseason. It really looked like David Price would be traded but with the resigning of James Loney changed everything. Andrew Friedman believes the Rays have a legitimate shot at a long run in the playoffs this season. The Rays opened up their wallets and handed out some big contracts this year. This offseason started with the signing of David DeJesus. The Rays then went and signed Jose Molina, Heath Bell, Ryan Hanigan, Jose Lobaton, James Loney, David Price, Sean Rodriguez, Matt Joyce and Jeremy Hellickson. The Rays really paid up and this shows that the Rays front office really thinks we have the right group of guys in the clubhouse to make a big impact this season. This year will be the highest salary cap this team has ever had. David Price is now the highest paid Ray of all-time with this one-year deal.
The resigning of Jose Molina had to be in their minds when they made a deal with David Price. Jose Molina and David Price really work well together. The rumor is Jose Lobaton will be traded as it is rare for Tampa Bay to keep three catchers. Price can still be traded but when pitchers and catchers report to camp it is probably safe to say David Price will be the starter on opening day. Will Jeremy Hellickson bounce back from a bad season is another big question. The pitching rotation will be the same with Price, Matt Moore, Alex Cobb, Chris Archer and Hellickson.
It is a slight surprise the Rays held onto Matt Joyce. Desmond Jennings will be in center with Wil Myers in right and David DeJesus in left field on most nights. Joyce definitely struggled last season but Joe Maddon and the Rays are giving him another shot to prove himself. Many fans were hoping the Rays could keep Delmon Young but he will now be playing against Tampa Bay in the American League East with the Baltimore Orioles.
Pitchers and catchers report to camp on February 14th. Opening day is on March 31st at Tropicana Field against the Toronto Blue Jays. The excitement for baseball season is right around the corner. You can already start to smell baseball season and Rays' fans are ready.